Sunday, April 24, 2011


This is the purpose for which I bought this camera - - - its 36 x wide superzoom! I am happy with the zoom it reaches, which is about 800+ mm, and farther than what my D90 18-200 mm zoom could reach.

I initially chose the Canon SX30 IS while I was in Singapore, but all the camera stores in the Digital Mall declined saying there are no stocks due to the tsunami in Japan! One Filipino sales person introduced the new Nikon P500 superzoom and as we went around, we found out the price was much less than the Canon counterpart and cost around P 18,000.00, which I know is a very good price. [ The Canon SX30 IS cost about P28,000.00 in the Philippines but also not as available]

Of course, the camera is much, much lighter weighing about 18 grams  than the Canon one, and it came in a fancy red color...the black one was not available that time.

Here is an excerpt from

Product Description: Nikon COOLPIX P500 Red Digital Camera (12.1MP, 36x Opt, 4x Dig, SD Card Slot)

You've never been closer to the action than you are with this 36x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens. Its optical zoom (22.5-810mm) pulls you in from wide panoramas to crisp close ups. Plus, a side zoom control marks the end of shaky zooms-freeing you to capture great action photos with minimal blur. So whether you're shooting a mountain vista or zooming in on a snowboarder, say goodbye to missed shots. This lens catches it all. It even allows for macro shooting as close as 0.4 inches!

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The other advantage is that I already use a Nikon D90 and so some of the editing modes in the Nikon P500 are easy to understand and use!

Here are some of our shots from wide 22.5 mm to 810 wide:

at wide...

just tried the border edit
to superzoom
another view which we almost couldn't see from afar...
And the sweep panorama is also easy to use.

this is the 180 sweep...

Here are some of the night shots taken with a tripod....the good thing it also has manual settings which allows some adjustments for effects intended.

not an ideal shot because of the blur, but we will use this as the sample of the wide shot...
Good Friday at Crus Mayor at 36 x zoom...
at 36 x zoom...
at 36 x zoom... devotees flock to the Crus Mayor after completing the 14 Stations of the Cross

Pitfalls of point and shoot cameras are usually the nightshots, especially without the tripod! Also lag time is longer during nightshots.

Appreciating a camera is more of knowing its best assets and accepting its limitations... 
This can't replace the DSLR images and speed, but I love the Nikon P500 for the features I bought it has its share of very nice shots in good light... the superzoom....the macro...and the panorama!

One of the cameras to consider for the traveler and for those interested in landscapes and for fun family activities and sports. Try it!


Just enjoyed these unedited and uncropped shots taken by the Nikon P500 point and shoot superzoom 36x wide. 
Don't have to come close to the zinnias, so the butterflies and bees don't go away...
Of course, doesn't replace the DSLR...

.I appreciate these macro shoots because even with DSLRs, we have a hard time chasing the butterfies and the bees...more so, the bees, because we are afraid of them! 
These were taken in the Sports mode, which takes continuous 5 shots then with a lag time for processing the shots.

For the macro shots, I am so happy with the results, but with the sports mode wherein the kids were jumping into the pool, I preferred the DSLR since there is no lag time there.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


MARINA BAY SANDS  (some data gathered from Forbes Asia September 17, 2010 issue and my own impressions)

The Marina Bay Sands opened last June 23, 2010 as Singapore’s 21st Century Icon and has now joined the ranks of other city landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.

   side view of the curve...
see the curve....that's the challenge MBS gave the engineers!
Marina Bay Sands has been designed to symbolize the gateway of Singapore with a very challenging design where all three towers’ structure was drawn in the image of the Chinese character “入”;  which means “enter a place”.
The eastern building has a maximum slope of 52 degrees, has a 70-meter high (23-story) connecting section to the western building (facing the sea) before being extended to 55-story.

this is Marina Bay Sands from afar!
Marina Bay Sands at night...and the color changes make it more amazing!
Marina Bay Sands has a total of 2561guest rooms. One of the highlights of this hotel is the SkyPark which is 343-meterwide and twice the size of the soccerfield and connects the 56th and the 57th floors of the three buildings of the hotel.
The SkyPark includes an infinity edge swimming pool, a public observation deck, garden, a trail and restaurants.

at the Infinity Pool area
Karen quite comfortable at the Skypark...
As you enter the Skypark, you could appreciate the infinity pool on the right side. It is awe-inspiring, breath-taking and an entirely different experience! 

On the  left side, there is a garden and who would imaging cobblestones and foxtail palms lined up in a garden in the sky.
and we are in the 57th floor and it is an open-air park!
really just feels like a park...I didn't feel that it was 57 floors up!
with a jacuzzi in some areas...

doesn't the place just feel so relaxing... you forget you are in a building...skyscraper at that!
There are areas only for hotel guests but even hotel visitors, who pay S$ 20.00 already get a feel of the place in the areas they are allowed in.

just at the edge!

the hotel guests swimming....
the place is just amazing...

The public observation deck gives you a view of the whole city and also gives you a view of the back part of the infinity pool.
the backside of the infinity pool at the Skypark

can you imagine yourself atop the 57th floor and not enclosed in a building!
Unfortunately, we didn’t try out the restaurants in the Skypark.

strictly for suite and club guests only...

We, however, opted to eat in the restaurants in the Marina Bay Sands food court, which also offered a whole lot of yummy choices.  It was an interesting place in itself with a cooking class within the food court and the Japanese chef amazing us with his noodle-making ability!

Cooking class in the Marina Bay Sands Food court...
and she even mentioned the Philippine calamansi, which caught my attention!
Noodle star indeed from the Japanese chef making the noodles before our very eyes! 
and the food was good!
A dip in the pool would have completed the experience, but with our short stay in Singapore, we decided to have our walk in the Marina Bay area which is also as exciting!

Try the place out!